If you are anything like me, you may have thought the Newcomers and Women’s Club was just for people who recently moved to Forsyth County.
Guess what? It’s not.
I recently visited with several members of the club, which has been around for years. They absolutely love it and want to get the word out.
After speaking with member Lisa Schiendler, I can see why they do.
The club meets once a month at the Windermere Golf Club and enjoys lunch, hears from a guest speaker and gets an update about the club as a whole.
In addition, there are numerous interest groups, which Lisa described as the real “heart of the club.”
“When I moved to Forsyth County from California in 2008, I didn’t know anybody,” Lisa said. “I had worked for 40 years for a school district, so I really missed the camaraderie of women.”
Lisa saw an ad about the Newcomers’ new member meeting and decided to give it a try.
“I met some women in the parking lot outside the meeting and they were so welcoming and invited me to sit with them,” she said. “I knew immediately it was the group for me.”
Lisa found an interest group that met at a member’s home once a month for dinner. Spouses were also encouraged to attend.
“It was nice for my husband to also get to meet some new friends,” said Lisa, who also joined a knitting group.
“There is really an interest group for everyone. And when a member doesn’t see the group she wants, she just starts a new one.”
That very thing happened when Lisa wanted to focus on doing things for others in our community. She formed the CSI group, or Community Service Investigators.
Lisa’s team, which has grown from four members to 25, reaches out to numerous nonprofit groups or individuals who may need a helping hand.
“We do something every month, whether it is collecting food items for a food pantry, toiletries for the women at Abba House, or purchasing pet food for the humane society, we try to reach out to as many groups as we can.”
Many of the members also volunteer at the charities they support.
Lisa shared with me a story that really pulled at the heartstrings.
Apparently, there is an older gentleman who sells firewood to support himself. One of the CSI members noticed he wasn’t outside one day when she went to buy some wood.
When she knocked on his door to check on him, he told her it was cold outside and he didn’t have a coat.
Well, this was one CSI member who was not going to just drive away and forget about him.
The group sprang into action, getting the man a coat, warm clothes, food and even a microwave so he could heat up his meals.
I love hearing stories about people who not only care about others, but are willing to go the extra mile to help.
If you would like to learn more about this club, why not come to the new member breakfast? It is set for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 15 at the Windermere Golf Club.
There are more than 100 members, and you must make reservations by Aug. 12. E-mail Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (678) 947-6156.
I am planning on attending and bringing along my mother. I am really looking forward to learning more about this dynamic group and hope to see many of you there.
Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at email@example.com.